Students practice speaking the grammar point while playing tic-tac-toe with a partner.
Submitted by rebvandev
October 22, 2020
Estimated time: 25 minutes
This can work for a variety of grammar points: can/can't, does/doesn't, present perfect, etc.
The goal is to get as many points as possible. Students get a point by marking four squares in a row, whether it be horizontally, diagonally, or vertically. I usually let them play for about 5-7 minutes, and then I have them write two sentences at the bottom.
- Demonstrate with the JTE
- Practice the phrases/words they'll use during the game (especially Spanish, French, German, chopsticks, and whistle)
- Make a pair
- Play rock-scissors-paper. The winner can speak first.
- Each player chooses a colored pen/marker/pencil to mark the paper with.
- Students take turns making sentences and marking their paper.
- After about 5-7 minutes are up, they count how many 4-marks-in-a-row they have. Whoever has the most is the winner!
- Once they're done, they write 2 sentences they used during the game at the bottom of the paper.
I don't think I made the original of this, but I don't remember because I've used it for a couple of years now and have edited it a lot along the way. If you see something with the same pictures on this site, let me know so I can add credit!
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